ECEL Biographies

Below are the ECEL Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Paula Peres

Dr Paula Peres has a post-PhD and a PhD in Education technologies area. She has a Masters in computer science and is a graduate in Computer Maths.  Paula is Pro-President of Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO) and is currently teaching on the computer scientific science area in the School of Accounting and Administration of Porto / Polytechnic of Porto (ISCAP/P.PORTO). She is the coordinator of the unit of eLearning and Pedagogical Innovation of P.PORTO (eiPP/P.PORTO) and of the unit of innovation in education (UIE) of the centre of communication and education (CICE/ISCAP/P.PORTO). She is a director of the Communication Technologies and Business Innovation post-graduation b-learning course. Paula also coordinates the training centre and external services (CEISCAP) at ISCAP/P.PORTO.  She is developing many research activities concerning the Integration of the Information Technologies and Communication in higher education context. A member of the Programme and Scientific Committee of several conferences, she is a scientific coordinator of some e-learning research projects. She serves as Member of the Editorial Board and referee for many scientific journals and is a guest editor of the Journal of Cases on Information Technology. She has some books published in the information system and e-learning area.


Professor Anabela Mesquita is Professor at ISCAP since 1990. She is Vice Dean, a member of the Agoritmi Center at the Universidade do Minho and the Director of CICE (research centre) (ISCAP).She gained her PhD at Universidade do Minho in Management Information Systems in 2002. Her research interests include Knowledge and Innovation Management, Impact of Information Systems in Organizations, Life Long Learning at the Higher Education level, Social Media and e-Learning. She has been involved in several European and National research projects both as a researcher and as a coordinator. She has published numerous papers in various international journals and Conference Proceedings. She has been a member of the Programme Committee and Scientific Committee of several National and International Conferences. She serves as Member of the Editorial Board and referee for IGI Global. She also serves as AE of the IRMJ and is the Editor in Chief of the IJTHI. She serves as referee for the JCIT. She has also been evaluator and reviewer for European Commission projects.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Rita Cadima is Vice-President and Director of the Distance Learning Unit Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal. She was born in Leiria in 1976, holds a PhD degree in Multimedia Engineering from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Spain, and a master on Mathematics from OPorto University, Portugal. Her research interests include Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Innovation and Knowledge Sharing in Learning Organizations, Social Network Analysis and Monitoring Systems, CSCL, CSCW, Quality Assessment and Assurance in E-learning, and Learning Mathematics.

Dr. Neuza Pedro is currently Coordinator of E-learning Lab of University of Lisbon- Portugal and a  Professor at the Institute of Education- University of Lisbon.  Neuza’s PhD is in ICT in Education and she has a Masters in Educational Psychology.  Her current research interests include College Pedagogy and teacher professional development, E-learning in Higher Education, Innovative teaching practices, 21st Century classrooms, Social network analysis and online communities.

Mini Track Chairs

Mini Track Chairs


Dr Caroline Stockman is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Winchester, UK. At this university, she is also Head of Quality for the faculty of Education, Health and Social Care. She is closely affiliated with the University of Leuven, Belgium, as Research Fellow for the (digital) Cultural Studies department. Her research focuses on the triangle of culture, education and technology. A developing new interest is technology for physical education, as a gateway into posthumanist theories of learning.


Dr Marija Cubric is Reader in e-learning and a member of Information Systems and Project Management subject group at the University of Hertfordshire Business School. Since 2007, she has led several HEA- and JISC-supported UK projects on introducing and evaluating the use of technologies in Higher Education. Her work was presented at conferences, workshops and seminars in UK, Europe, US and Canada. In 2015 she co-chaired the 14th European Conference on e-Learning and was a member of the judging panel for the e-Learning Excellence Awards. Marija’s research interests include development, implementation and evaluation of innovative learning designs supported by technologies.


Maggie Carson, a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), teaches in the School of Health where she is the Undergraduate Programme Director.  She designed and teaches an online Masters course in leadership for healthcare professionals. Maggie is currently a student on the University’s MSc in Digital Education.


Daniyar Sapargaliyev is deputy Director of Research Department at Almaty Management University (Kazakhstan). He received his PhD from Eurasian National University. His research interests include mobile learning, using mobiles and wearables in education. He has written publications in the refereed books, journals and conference papers.


Vitor Santos is an Assistant Professor at NOVA IMS - Universidade Nova de Lisboa and European University, teaching courses in Computer Science and Informatics Engineering Degrees. He integrates several international conferences scientific committees and has authored several academic publications. Vitor holds a BSc in Informatics Engineering from Cocite, a Postgraduate course in Computer Science from Science Faculty of Lisbon University, a  M.Sc. in information Systems Science from UM, a DEA from UM,  a  Computer Specialist title from Polytechnic Institutes of Guarda, Castelo Branco and Viseu, and a PhD in Technology Information Systems Science from Minho University (UM). Vitor is currently working on a second PhD in Culture and Literature at FLUL.


Dr. Valentina Chappell is Professor of Business and Technology in the Graduate school at Friends University and director of Global MBA program. As a part of GMBA capstone project, she arranged student business residencies in Chile, China, and South Africa. She regularly presents at national and international conferences.  Valentina actively participates in non-profit organizations. She served as President of the Global Learning Center and Wichita Sister Cities organization. She participated in the Mayor’s official visits abroad. She serves on the Advisory Board of KS Global Trade Services. In 2016, the Wichita Business Journal named Dr. Chappell as a Diversity Leader


Aileen Sibbald is the Enhancement Lead for online programme development at Edinburgh Napier University. The role supports senior management team and academics to meet objectives in the University’s Online/TNE Strategy.  A key initiative is the expansion of online education provision within the University, in particular the design and delivery of online educational materials.

Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Facilitators


António Pedro Costa holds a PhD in Multimedia in Education from the University of Aveiro and currently attends the post-doctorate at the same institution, with the project "Implementation and Evaluation of Instruments for Qualitative Analysis in Research". He also collaborates with the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory (LIACC) at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. He collaborates with Ludomedia as a co-author of educational resources for children. He is also Assistant Professor of ISLA (Polytechnic Institute of Management and Technology) and the Lusophone University of Porto where he teaches the Curricular Unit Research Methodologies of master and doctoral courses. He is one of the researchers / authors of the qualitative data analysis software webQDA ( He has authored and co-authored several articles in conference proceedings, national and international journals and book chapters. He is the Coordinator of the Ibero-American Congress on Qualitative Research and the International Symposium on Qualitative Research (, as well as a member of the working group 1: "Theory, analysis and models of peer review" of the COST action "New Frontiers of Peer Review" (



Jaime Ribeiro holds a PhD in Multimedia in Education from the University of Aveiro and graduated in Occupational Therapy. He is an Invited Adjunct Professor of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and is a lecturer and trainer in the field of Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, Special Education, Assistive Technologies and Applied Research. He is involved with the Research Centre “Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers” (CIDTFF) of the University of Aveiro, the Health Research Unit (UIS) and Inclusion and Accessibility in Action Research Unit (iACT) of Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. His research focuses on health, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, function/disability, training teachers in the use of ICT in Education of Students with Special Educational Needs, assistive technologies, use of technology in teaching and learning processes. He is an examiner and supervisor for master's and doctoral degrees related to his areas of interest. Has expertise in qualitative research.  He is the author of publications and presentations on ICT, ICT in Special Education, Digital Educational Resources, teacher training, health, ageing, occupational therapy, ergonomics, accessibility and usability.



Ângelo Jesus holds a Degree in Pharmacy. He is a Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic Institute of Oporto, Portugal, where he teaches Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Additionally, he is responsible for International Mobility Programs, and has taught abroad in several locations in Europe. He is also has a PhD in Educational Sciences, specialization in Educational Technology from Minho University, and develops his research interests around distance education and e-learning in biomedical settings; Web 2.0 tools in Biomedical Education; Instructional Design, Drug Therapy and Information Counseling. He is also a member of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto e-Learning and Pedagogical Innovation Unit.